22 Sep 2020

Toyota LandCruiser 300 rumours…again

LandCruiser bingo continues as a new engine rumour (about the fifteenth on our count) enters the arena. It wouldn’t be another month without a murmur somewhere in the globe on what engine/spec/ability the new LandCruiser ‘300 Series’ has. In fact, there should not be any rumours left, as Toyota was

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18 Sep 2020

New Nissan Patrol might go retro as a Bronco rival

Nissan says work is underway on a new Patrol and that it could be styled as a retro throwback, much like the popular new Ford Bronco. Nissan has confirmed it is working on the new generation Patrol and told us that it’s considering a design that includes throwbacks to the

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18 Sep 2020

Raptor-inspired Ford Ranger FX4 Max

Tough new ute joins the Ranger lineup with a unique set of towing and off-road abilities from factory. It’s official – Ford Australia has revealed the FX4 Max for Australia, a much-anticipated model that was expected to be a ‘mini-Raptor’, and it is. But it’s also more than that. This

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15 Sep 2020

Ford missed the mark with Bronco case for Australia

Has Ford missed a trick in not approving the new Bronco for right-hand drive? We think so. Not letting emotions get in the way (although yes, we do also really want to see the Bronco on Aussie roads and bush tracks too), it is the business case for the Bronco

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14 Sep 2020

How much can I tow with the 2021 Mazda BT-50 4×4?

How much can you safely tow and carry with the new 2021 Mazda BT-50 dual-cab 4×4? Question: I read the How much can the Isuzu D-Max tow? article and want to know how that compares to the new Mazda BT-50, which is based on the same Isuzu model. For those

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10 Sep 2020

Ford Ranger XLT gets new cab-chassis model

Ford dubs its new XLT 4×4 dual-cab cab-chassis ‘adventure-ready’. UPDATE: Ford Australia has clarified that the tow bar tongue is standard. Ford has introduced a new dual-cab cab-chassis model to the Ranger XLT trim level. The four-door ute with a flexible chassis rear allows customers to fit their own setup,

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07 Sep 2020

How much can I tow and carry with the 2020 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain?

How much can you safely tow and carry with the new Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain dual-cab 4×4? Question: I am thinking of buying the new Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain and use it to drive around with my partner and tow an approximately 2000kg caravan. There will be about 500kg of extra equipment

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07 Sep 2020

Ineos Grenadier debuts alongside original Land Rover, G Wagen, Toyota FJ

First public looks at the new Ineos Grenadier, a tough four-wheel drive destined for Australia. The rugged new Ineos Grenadier 4×4 has made its first public debut, set alongside an original Mercedes G-Wagen, Land Series I, Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, and Willys Jeep at London’s Concours of Elegance. All are

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2018 Haval H9 Review
03 Sep 2020

Haval’s luxury packed off-roader is a point of difference

[Sponsored] After driving across some of Australia in Haval’s value-packed 4×4, the H9 shows it offers an off-roader with a difference. The world is a rapidly changing place and so too is the automotive industry. In particular, the off-roading and four-wheel drive scene is seeing new options galore. Sure, stalwarts

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27 Aug 2020

Toyota upgrades DPF system, no change on dust issue

Toyota addresses some DPF issues in the latest engine revision but says dust particle issue a non-issue. Toyota says that it has made both software and hardware upgrades to the diesel particulate filter system for the updated Hilux and Fortuner MY20 model range. Speaking with media yesterday during a presentation

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26 Aug 2020

2020 Ford Ranger Raptor, Wildtrak And Wildtrak X updated

Ford introduces Ford Pass Connect, more equipment, and some nicer technology to its range-topping utes. Ford has announced pricing for its top-of-the-range Ranger utes, the Raptor, Wildtrak, and Wildtrak X. Notably, it’s the rugged Ranger Wildtrak X that sees the most upgrades, now fitted with brighter Bi-LED headlights that the

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26 Aug 2020

More upsetting news for Aussie Ford Bronco fans

Oh no! The great-looking Ford Bronco will come in range-topping Raptor guise too. As if it wasn’t disappointing enough that Ford declined to bring its Ford Ranger-underpinned Bronco to Australia, we now know that there will also be Bronco Raptor. The flagship of the new Ranger and also the F-150

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17 Aug 2020

2021 Mahindra Thar vs Suzuki Jimny: specs compared

How might the upcoming Mahindra Thar stack up against the Suzuki Jimny in the battle of the lightweight off-roaders? Mahindra has just announced that it’s new Thar 4×4 – similar to the Suzuki Jimny in more ways than one – will arrive in Australia by June next year. The model

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17 Aug 2020

Jeep’s V6 turbo diesel Wayout shows us what we miss

Jeep’s Wayout concept Gladiator is a tough, practical off-roader, but it’s also a reminder of an ingredient Australia will miss. Jeep has unveiled the ultimate off-road adventure Gladiator ute, equipped with a new diesel turbo V6 engine and all. A custom creation using the new factory turbo diesel V6 underneath

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17 Aug 2020

Next-Gen Mahindra Thar coming to Australia

Mahindra’s new rival to the Suzuki Jimny and, in some ways, Jeep Wrangler is arriving here next year. Will this be the next cult-classic off-roader like the Suzuki Jimny to hit Australian roads? Mahindra and Mahindra unveiled its new Thar in India this weekend but that’s not the only place

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